Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Essie — Bonded (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2004 Winter, Frozen Assets

Essie have founded the first ever (US) National Nail Polish Day! They’re also running a contest on their website, though I think you may have to be US-based to enter.

In full support of this new day, today’s Throwback Thursday is, of course, an Essie.

Bonded (492) is long discontinued, but still one of the prettier reds I’ve ever come across. It’s a clean, clear candy apple red shot through with fine red and silver microglitter. The glitter is just dense enough to look sprinkled on, but not so sparse that it looks haphazard.

Essie Nail Lacquer in Bonded

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SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

Throwback Thursday! SinfulColors — Mint Apple (Nail Colour) Swatch & Review

Brand: SinfulColors

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is Mint Apple (947), which I first posted about last week.

I don’t actually know when it was first released, but it has reviews on MUA going back to 2010, so it’s at least that old. It remains in Sinful’s core collection.

It’s a happy-looking light jade green with icy silver shimmer. Super pretty, and only a couple of bucks at the drugstore. What’s not to like?

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple

The formula is reasonably easy to apply and fully opaque with two coats.

I think this is a unique enough color to pick up, considering how inexpensive it is!

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, swatch

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

SinfulColors Nail Colour in Mint Apple, label

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SinfulColors Nail Colour, 0.5 fl. oz. / 15 mL. MSRP US$1.99 / CA$2.99. They are made in the USA and are free of formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

SinfulColors was founded in 1991. The company was acquired by New York, NY, USA-based Revlon in 2011, so they can no longer be considered cruelty-free.

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Orly — Sweet Temptation (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Orly

Sweet Temptation (20415) is listed in my database as being coded 40415, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I don’t know which collection it’s from—the oldest review on MUA is from 2006—and it’s possible that it’s even from the original core collection. The name is generic enough, isn’t it?

I also wonder if the color has been changed up a bit, since the MUA reviews generally describe a cream shade that has very subtle gold shimmer in it. My bottle of Sweet Temptation is a newer bottle that I bought at Winners last spring, in a duo pack for CA$9.99.

The shade of my new bottle is an intense azalea pink with fine pink and silver shimmer,  giving Sweet Temptation a satin ribbon finish.

(If you have an older bottle, I’d love to know whether it has gold or silver shimmer.)

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

Orly Nail Lacquer in Sweet Temptation

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Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

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Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Zoya — Tallulah (Professional Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Zoya 2009 Summer, Ooh-La-La

It’s Throwback Thursday again, and here is one of my all-time favorite blue polishes. That’s saying a lot, because I have a lot of blue nail polish!

Tallulah (ZP481) is a beautiful, fairly true blue with a touch of cornflower. It doesn’t read overly cool, so it still works well on my warm skintone. The superfine silvery aqua shimmer also has an iridescent violet flash.

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Tallulah

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Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red, swatch

Classics: Orly — Haute Red (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Orly

Haute Red (20001) is listed in my database as being coded 40001, so I think at some point Orly changed their numbering system. I also don’t know which collection this came from, though it was released as a miniature in 2006. All of Orly’s codes are 5-digits, however, so as an -0001, I feel like Haute Red just might be Orly’s first ever shade!

It is, after all, a pretty standard cherry red cream that would be included in most collection launches.

Everybody needs a red cream—just my opinion but yeah, you do!—and this is a fairly basic, flattering, true-to-slightly-cool-toned light-medium red cream. It’s bright without screaming, sexy yet sweet, and so on.

Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red
Orly Nail Lacquer in Haute Red

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

Throwback Thursday! Elizabeth Arden — Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum Review

I received this 7-use sample of Elizabeth Arden’s iconic facial serum back in 2015 in a subscription box, and promptly totally forgot about it. I think I’d gotten a few samples back in my younger days (early 20s) when I got some Elizabeth Arden GWPs, and I never used them, thinking they were not meant for the young. Ah, I was silly in my youth.

Anyway, I finally got around to trying out this facial serum earlier this year, so I hope it was still good!

Ceramide Capsules were first launched in 1990. The current product sold by Elizabeth Arden has the word “Advanced” tacked onto the front: Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. The classic capsules have been revamped for 2017:

Janet Curmi, vice president of Elizabeth Arden global education and development tells Allure. “In the new formula, we fine-tuned the combination of these lipids with new and elevated levels of skin-identical ceramides, higher levels of fatty acids, and a new ingredient, cholesterol, to further help support the [the outer layer of the skin],” says Curmi.
Allure

So, bear in mind that the formula has changed from the sample I got, though Elizabeth Arden do not mention how the technology is now advanced.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, label
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, label

This is the new full-sized packaging (60-capsule version):

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum
Image: elizabetharden.com

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